Nogales Border Patrol agents arrested two Legally Admitted Permanent Residents at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint who attempted to smuggle five illegal aliens in their semi-truck sleeper cab during separate incidents this past week.
Last Friday, agents referred a 35-year-old male driver of a semi-truck for secondary inspection and discovered four Mexican men, ages 18 through 24, being smuggled in the sleeper portion of the cab.
On Wednesday, agents at the same checkpoint referred a 47-year-old driver of a semi-truck for secondary inspection and discovered a 30-year-old previously deported Mexican national concealed in the cab.
Agents seized both semi-trucks and arrested all subjects. The five Mexican nationals were processed for immigrations violations, while both drivers face federal smuggling charges.
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